1. Tell us a little more about your philosophy and something from behind the scenes of Pickyeaterblog.com.
My philosophy is based on the idea that it’s good to be “picky” or “choosy” about what you put into your body, and that scrutinizing ingredients and choosing nutrients carefully is sensible, not fussy. I believe that any dish can be made healthy but still taste great, and I think a healthy diet still allows for a bit of indulgence in moderation. My idea of a healthy diet is one that’s balanced and focused on whole foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, organic dairy, and no processed food. And my mission is to make healthy eating easy, accessible to everyone, delicious, and fun! I want people to know that they can eat healthy without depriving themselves (call it the “no-diet diet” 🙂 ) and that healthy food can taste amazing.
Behind the scenes of my blog: A little known secret – I actually couldn’t cook before I started my blog, I couldn’t even use a can opener when I got married! I originally started my blog to chronicle my adventures in cooking healthy meals for my “fast-food-loving” husband. I grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, I decided to teach myself how to cook and was able to successfully transform my husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to my healthy, yet flavorful recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. I would hope that readers could leverage the recipes on my blog to help them and their families move towards a healthier diet — the same way I was able to move my very picky husband towards a healthier diet!
2. What does being a Board Certified Health Coach imply and how does what we eat transform us?
Being a “Board Certified Health Coach” means that I have a degree in nutrition and that I’ve received my health coaching certification through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
What you eat can completely transform your body and your life: when you’re eating whole foods, lots of fruits and veggies, and avoiding fast food/processed food, you will find that you have more energy, can sleep better, have improved digestion, and you can also decrease your risk for chronic disease (heart disease, cancer, etc.)
3. What are your favorite recipes for breakfast?
I eat this oatmeal recipe every single day for breakfast! It’s my absolute favorite and keeps me full all the way until lunch.
4. What are your favorite kitchen appliances and how do they help?
I love my immersion blender. It is a great tool to make soups creamy (without using cream – which is much healthier), and you can use it to beat eggs, whip cream, or make smoothies! It’s versatile, easy to use, and easy to store.
5. Do you use a dishwasher and would you recommend it?
6. Can you give us a few healthy tips that you find most in-line with the modern lifestyle?
I like the 90-10 rule: make 90% of your diet full of fresh veggies/fruits, whole foods, lean protein, whole grains, and leave 10% for indulgent foods — dessert, alcohol, etc. Following that rule is easy and will help you to not deprive yourself, so you’re less likely to over-indulge later! If you’re craving something “junky” – try to create/cook a healthier/less processed version of that food at home – so that you can savor your meals without putting your health at risk!
7. Tell us a little more about press coverage and were we can find more of your work.
I have been featured on: Oprah.com, FoodNetwork.com, BuzzFeed, Shape.com, Huffington Post, Readers Digest, Women’s Health, CNN.com, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, CookingLight.com, TheKitchn.com, and on Dr. Oz. You can find a full list of my coverage here.
8. A message to your fans.
Healthy doesn’t have to be boring or difficult: Healthy food can taste great! I hope the recipes on my blog help you to find your own way in the kitchen and that you enjoy them with your friends and family!